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Steve Bannon Just Publicly Slammed The Catholic Church
8 months ago

Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon sat down with Charlie Rose for an interview on 60 Minutes, Bannon's first television appearance since leaving the White House. 

In excerpts from the interview, Rose and Bannon talk about the Catholic Church's stance on immigration.

Rose asked Bannon about the head of New York City’s archdiocese, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, and his statement opposing Trump's decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Of Cardinal Dolan's statement regarding DACA, Bannon said:

As much as I respect Cardinal Dolan and the bishops on doctrine, this is not doctrine. This is not doctrine at all. I totally respect the pope and I totally respect the Catholic bishops and cardinals on doctrine. This is not about doctrine. This is about the sovereignty of a nation. And in that regard, they’re just another guy with an opinion.

 Cardinal Dolan fired back on Sirius XM's Catholic Channel, saying:

I don’t really care to go into what I think is a preposterous and rather insulting statement that the only reason we Bishops care for immigrants is for the economic because we want to fill our churches and get more money. That’s insulting and that’s just so ridiculous that it doesn’t merit a comment.  

Lucky for us, Twitter users felt Bannon's remarks did merit a comment:

But not everyone disagrees with Bannon. According to a 2015 Public Religion Research Institute poll, more than half of white Catholics don't think immigrants make the country stronger, and four out of ten think immigrants threaten American traditions and values.

This puts white parishioners at odds with the leaders of the church on issues of immigration: